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216 1/2 Marine Avenue, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662
949-566-9525
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 14
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  • 7
    Very good
  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
You'll think you are in the countryside of Europe when visiting this intimate cafe'

This small slice of Europe won't disappoint. The charming husband and wife team immediately make you feel at home with their warm personalities and gracious service. The dishes are fresh, generous and beautifully presented. Several veal choices are perfectly prepared and the chicken kabobs are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This small slice of Europe won't disappoint. The charming husband and wife team immediately make you feel at home with their warm personalities and gracious service. The dishes are fresh, generous and beautifully presented. Several veal choices are perfectly prepared and the chicken kabobs are moist and flavorful. Salmon is served with a fresh Italian tomato sauce.

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MA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

It is a quaint restaurant, right on Marine Ave. It is very small and honestly, if you are not paying attention you may miss it. Very quiet during the day. We went on a Weekday in the afternoon, (March), I'm sure it picks up after April. It was lovely, although i would not want to be there on a busy... More 

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Balboa Island, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

As a resident, this small, cozy restaurant is my first choice for dinner, or a nice lunch. Nice menu with varied choices, good tasty food, well prepared and nicely plated. Friendly, kind and excellent service in a tiny place with nice old world ambiance. I eat here a few times a month and always recommend it.

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Great to find an authentic Italian restaurant on the West Coast. Small spot on Balboa Island ( 10 tables) so genuine Florence type ambience. Friendly, prompt service. Everything that I've had has had the right balance of herbs and flavors with particular favorites being the Linguine Vongole and the Veal Saltimbocca. Wine list well matched to the menu and both... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We went to Balboa to explore and find a nice restaurant to eat lunch. It was like finding a hidden gem. The food was outstanding and the restaurant had a beautiful Italian theme and beautifully decorated. Service was great with a great cannoli for dessert. Will go back that is for sure and I highly recommend this place.

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Brierfield, Alabama
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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

​I made a reservation for 8 pm 8/29/14 with a note for a nice table to celebrate our anniversary. We had travelled from Montevallo Alabama stopping off in St Augustine and for a week had looked forward eating at yet another location of our previously favorite central Florida restuarant group. (We do not have access to Cuban/Spanish food at home.)... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We enjoyed a pleasant meal with friendly and attentive service. The food was freshly prepared - the restaurant is so small you are practically in the kitchen! The setting was very pleasant and welcoming. The portion size of the desserts, tiramisu, was a little disappointing for $6 (ish) but apart from this observation, the meal was enjoyable. It probably turned... More 

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newportkona
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

Ok, we have dined here a few times...food was very good and, yes, the waiter (who I think is the owner) does not have a great tableside manner. My understanding is that this is a Mediterranean restaurant which means anything from Italy to Greece to Iran (the choice here). What language he speaks or personality he has is relevant but... More 

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Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

My family visited this cafe for dinner midweek and had the place to ourselves. My son had the Linguine Alla Pescatore and my husband and I, who weren't very hungry, had French onion soup and tomato soup. My son said his meal was one of the best he has had. My soup and my husband's were good...nothing outstanding.

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Paarl, South Africa
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100 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I support the imediately prior review. Based on our experience, I cannot see how Trattoria could possibly justify a number one ranking among Balboa Island restaurants. The space is tiny but inviting, and the menu attractive. The wine list is well chosen. The Ossobucco was pretty good. The Seafood risotto was pretty good, if short on seafood. After that, the... More 

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Additional Information about Trattoria Mediterranean Cuisine

Address: 216 1/2 Marine Avenue, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662
Phone Number: 949-566-9525
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach  >  Balboa Island
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisine: Italian, Greek

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 216 1/2 Marine Avenue, Newport Beach, Balboa Island, CA 92662
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Newport Beach  >  Balboa Island
  • Phone Number: 949-566-9525

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Greek
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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